League of Women Voters

Come meet Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School Board trustee, on Friday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. He will speak about the state of the district, with questions to follow. Children are welcome, and volunteers will provide child care during the meeting.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We welcomed new unit members at the first Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary (RCHA) Scripps Ranch Unit meeting of the 45th year. Welcome to Eileen Quinn, Romy Asch, Lynn Kromray, and Marie Brown! If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected]

Advocacy: Our members sponsor a child at Rady Children’s Bernardy Center for medically fragile children and adolescents to provide clothing and other needs. Scripps Ranch Unit hospital liaison Yvette Gilman recently coordinated a party for patients celebrating birthdays.

FUNdraising: “Lace up your skates and glide into the holiday season of giving” at the Liberty Station Rady Children’s Ice Rink from Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. All proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. Please visit https://fantasyonicesd.com for details or contact our unit representative, Kathy Steinhause, at [email protected]

Remember when? For many of our 45 years, this was the time of year when our members would work on a craft that was sold at the RCHA’s “Fantasy of Trees” fundraiser. We made ornaments, fireplace Santas, and wooden snowmen and decorated artificial trees for auction. Sandy Price and Molly Korson co-chaired the event for many years. Both earned the Distinguished Service Award for their dedication to this fundraiser

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Chair

SR Theatre Premieres The Season of Love

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents the world premiere of The Season of Love by local playwright James Caputo. The show runs from Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 10. Jim Caputo, a Tierrasanta resident for 29 years, is an experienced actor, director, and designer. He has won many awards for his plays that have been produced from coast to coast. The Season of Love is his third production for SRT.

The holidays bring out the best in us, for it is The Season of Love—four stories about the variety of love and its power to transform. At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, each begins with an encounter of two people at a challenging time of life. From the affluent to the homeless, they meet in restaurants, back alleys, and funeral parlors. And, as in life, each couple has its own story to tell…all in the season of love.

Director John Tessmer has assembled a talented cast of San Diego performers including Sherri Allen, Julie Clemmons, Grace Delaney, Jill Drexler, Rhiannon McAfee, Paul Morgavo, and Eric Poppick.

SRT is located at Alliant International University and The Season of Love runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve the best seats now, call the box office at 578-7728 or visit www.Scrippsranchtheatre.org. Individual tickets are $34, with discounts available for seniors, military, and students.

Library 

Special November Hours

The holidays in November will affect library hours. The library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Also, we will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23. Library hours on Wednesday, Nov. 22, will be 9:30 am to 6 pm.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music welcomes back the Grossmont Symphony Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 pm performing works from their varied repertoire of chamber music, light classics, and popular pieces. Come enjoy chamber music at its best in the intimate setting of our library’s Community Room. Meet the musicians and mingle at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason and Bernard Scudder. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The meeting is earlier in the month than usual due to Thanksgiving.

Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck dinner meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at which books for 2018 will be selected. Come share your favorite titles!

Children’s Programs

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4 pm we will host a special STEAM Academy 2 program on Animal Science, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). It’s sure to be a roaring good time for kids, K–6, as they learn all about different animal classifications through a variety of games and activities!

Also join us for our regular children’s programs: Yoga Storytime, Friday, Nov. 3, at noon; Lego Builders Club, Mondays, Nov. 13 and 27, at 3:30 pm; Baby Storytime, Wednesdays at 1 pm; and Toddler Storytime, Thursdays at 10 am.

Bluegrass at the Library

Consider joining the Poway Bluegrass Slow Jam on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 am. Bring an instrument to play or just enjoy the music. All ages are welcome, provided none are disruptive.

Grace’s Book Nook

In case you missed our fall book sale or even if you were one of our satisfied shoppers, keep in mind that Grace’s Book Nook—our used book store—is open Monday through Saturday. You’ll find bargains on nearly new and gently used books for all ages and tastes, plus magazines, a large selection of CDs and DVDs, new greeting cards, and duck food.

YMCA Adventure Guides

November brings our annual pilgrimage to Indian Hills Camp in Jamul. This tent camping trip is one of the most well-attended Adventure Guide excursions—last year we had nearly 100 dads and kids from the Pomerado Expedition. Everyone shares in the archery, paintball, and awesome zip-line thrills. The kids usually have the BMX track to themselves, but sometimes particularly intrepid dads take part. After a full day of activities, we enjoy a campfire, s’mores, and creative skits.

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles will hold our annual Pumpkin Carving event on Sunday, Oct. 29. This pre-Halloween tradition is a great opportunity to let your kids make a huge mess at somebody else’s house. We have lots of tools and designs, which makes the whole carving process so much easier.

Join us! Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children—K–5th grade. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—move on to the Trailblazers program. For more details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

Have you been thinking about getting out and exercising more? The fall is a perfect time to walk. The Welcome Club has a Trail Walking group that might be right for you. Members meet at the home of Janelle Boustany most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9 am. The walks go through many of our beautiful Scripps Ranch trails. The hikes vary in length and take from one to two hours.

We also have off-Ranch hikes, usually once a month, led by Dorothy Mildice to some of our scenic coastal areas (pictured above). These hikes can be a bit longer, and they usually stop for a lunch break.

For more details about Trail Walkers and other activities, call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. Also, visit the Welcome Club website at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4. A special “thank you” to all the people who will help with the event, those who attend, and these businesses who provided generous donations:

  • Scripps Ranch Theatre
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • The French Gourmet
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • The Fish Market
  • Special thanks to Joan Lovell of Cadence Travel for her continued support and assistance

We also thank the donors listed in last month’s SRCA Newsletter article.

Many domestic violence victims do not have relatives living nearby to help them. A safe place like the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter, where they can stay for up to 30 days, is critical to their becoming domestic violence survivors. Funds raised at our event will be used to purchase basic needs—food, toiletries, clothing, bedding, strollers, diapers, and so forth—for the clients at the shelter.

The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), which operates the shelter, reported to our Auxiliary that the disabled are often targeted for sexual and domestic violence. CCS was awarded grants to help people with disabilities and to provide more legal services in North County. Their advocates are working closely with the school system to streamline registration and keep addresses confidential, and a child therapist assists with intake assessment of adult needs and child therapy.

To prepare for cooler weather the HVH needs twin blankets, children’s and adult sweatshirts, sweaters, athletic shoes, and canned goods, soups, chili, and “cold weather” foods. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810. Thank you!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

In October Women’s Club members enjoyed coastal scenery with a walk at the Torrey Pines State Park followed by lunch. We also enjoyed a Happy Hour.

If you are interested in learning more about Balboa Park and its history, there will be a Balboa Park ranger walk and lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Then on Friday, Nov. 17, Women’s Club members will attend a pre-theater party before the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s world premiere of The Season of Love.

If any of these activities appeal to you, please call our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787. More information on our club is at www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We reached a milestone this past month—we now have more than 100 members! We continued to host fun, well-attended events, both outdoor and indoor. Now that it’s cooled off a bit, we got the “active” back into Active Scripps Ranch Singles with a fun hike in Peñasquitos Canyon. We continued our popular midweek I Need A Drink evenings, with many people coming out to listen to live music at a local lounge (pictured above). We also danced the night away with other singles at a bar in Rancho Peñasquitos.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, come join our fun, friendly, and growing group. To join or find out more about our events, email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Our club celebrates its 35th anniversary and you’re invited! Join our Open House on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 am for refreshments, socializing, and our club’s dynamic speaker Rebecca Clark. Rebecca will present the first of a series of interactive speeches, “Power of Ideas.” Check out pages 28 and 29 in this Newsletter for more information about Toastmasters and the Open House.

Drop by on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, email Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our October meeting had a great speaker, plant pathologist Pat Nolan, who discussed the pests and diseases troubling the San Diego area. She also helped with diagnosing samples brought in.

Our November meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. This will be our annual “Everything Pumpkin” potluck and our last meeting of 2017. We look forward to great food and company!

Louise Badham, President